Schmeelk's NBA Notes: Thunder Can't Win Without Ibaka's OffenseEven with Serge Ibaka on the floor, the Thunder would be hard-pressed to beat a well-oiled machine like San Antonio.
Hartnett: No Point In Comparing 2012 USA Basketball To 'Dream Team'It's pointless to compare the 2012 Men's Olympic basketball roster to the 1992 "Dream Team." USA's current roster has their own challenge in front of them.
Believe The Hype: Heat Get It Done, Take NBA Crown With Game 5 RoutThe decision is final: LeBron James made the right call coming to Miami. Finally an NBA champion, it's all worth it now.
Schmeelk: NBA Finals Far From OverAs much as the Heat have outplayed the Thunder in this series, the margin has been extremely small. A few plays here and there and the Thunder could easily be the team up 3-1. If Oklahoma City can do a few things differently, they can still win this series.
Schmeelk: Heat Defense Is The Reason They Are Up 2-1It has been the Heat’s ability to slow down the Thunder offense that has been the difference so far in the series.
Schmeelk: Some Thoughts As The Quest For The NBA Title ContinuesWith two games of the NBA Finals in the books, here are some of my thoughts on the current state of the series and beyond as this star-studded quest for the title continues on Sunday evening.
Schmeelk: Is The Thunder’s Offense Simply Unstoppable?The old cliché reads, "Defense wins championships.” But this season, it may very well be the Thunder’s high-octane offense that gets them a title.
Schmeelk: Bad Omens For Heat In Game 1The Heat are focused around stars, but right now two of them (Bosh and Wade) for a variety of reasons, aren't playing like ones. Unless things change, the Thunder will be celebrating a title a lot sooner than people think.
Schmeelk: Breaking Down The Critical Matchups Of The NBA FinalsWith the NBA Finals set to begin on Tuesday night, here is a closer look at the matchups that will be critical in determining the eventual champion.
Nets Fall To Thunder, 84-74Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Nets, 84-74 at the Prudential Center on Saturday night.
Melo-Less Knicks Fall To Thunder, 104-92The Thunder defeated the Carmelo Anthony-less Knicks 104-92. Oklahoma City led by 23 at halftime and pulled their stars in the third quarter.
Late Comeback Gives Grizzlies Game 3 WinZach Randolph had 21 points and a franchise-record 21 rebounds, and the Grizzlies rallied from a 16-point deficit to stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 in overtime Saturday and grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.